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Aleatha Romig
October 31,2017

Ripples: A Consequences Stand-alone Novel

You don’t have to read the Consequences series to enjoy this stand-alone novel, but if you know Tony Rawlings, you know that disappointing him isn’t an option. Imagine being his youngest daughter...imagine telling him the unimaginable...

“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”

Sometimes ideas find you, and dreams begin as nightmares. Sometimes the truth that has been kept hidden is the key to opening a door you never knew existed.

“You might not know me. I’m the baby of the Rawlings family, the princess, the daughter who came along later. I’m not like my older siblings, successful at everything they touch. My mother and father have provided me with every luxury as well as their unyielding love and support, but I’m not spoiled. I’m also not content. By example, my parents have shown me how love should be. I don’t know their past, and that doesn’t matter. I know what I’ve seen—two people devoted to one another.

I don’t believe that I’ll ever find that kind of love, the kind that forgives and accepts all. And as my life falls to pieces and I travel to visit my family to face their disappointment, I’m not even looking for it.

I’m looking for an escape...from my life as a Rawlings...from the pressure to achieve and not let others down. I dream of the time I can live for my own desires without the expectations that come with my name.

I don’t find what I’m finds me. Or should I say...he finds me.

This time is different. I have a family who will search for me and find the answers. Little do we know—any of us—that my father set my journey into motion long before I was born.”

"Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects." ~Dalai Lama

Ripples (Unabridged Version) is Natalie’s story, the youngest of Tony and Claire’s children—their baby. This story first appeared in shorter form in Glamour: Contemporary Fairytale Retellings. Due to the length restriction of each novella in that anthology, many scenes in Ripples were shortened or omitted for that anthology. This unabridged edition is the entire story—double in length and—a full-length novel.

Please enjoy this Consequences novel along with special appearances from your favorite Consequences characters.

I will be the first to admit, I love all things Romig. Consequences, Infidelity, Insidious, I love every word of it.  I had no idea what Ripples was even about I just knew it was a surprise release. When I realized it was a Consequences spinoff I squealed with delight. When I figured out that it was about Tony and Claire’s daughter I nearly passed out. Then I got to read said story. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. If you thought Consequences was dark and twisted, this was even more so. I physically had to slow my reading pace down because I didn’t want the story to end. Natalie and Dexter have an even more twisted relationship than Tony and Claire, if you can imagine that. In classic Aleatha fashion, she slowly reveals the twists and turns until you get the big reveal. I loved being back in the Rawlings world. While the story mainly focused on Natalie we still got to see Tony and Claire and some other important players in their world. The only single complaint I can muster is that it wasn’t long enough and of course I want more. 5 amazing stars and a bottle of tequila for this twisted story! Enjoy!

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